Combating Violence and Crime:
With funding from the U.S. Department of State, PCI’s “Possibilities Project” made lasting strides toward increasing citizen security and reducing the viability of drug trafficking in 46 high risk communities in Nicaragua’s Northern Autonomous Region. By mobilizing and building the leadership capacity of local stakeholders – such as youth, women, traditional community leaders and local business owners – Possibilities unleashed a wave of community-led actions in support of safer, stronger communities.
Strengthening Farming Communities:
PCI’s USDA-funded agricultural program effectively increased by 146% the incomes of rural farmers in seven municipalities in the departments of Jinotega and Nueva Segovia. Through this project, PCI built the capacity of 38 farming cooperatives and strengthened two Centers for Rural Development, which provide hands-on demonstration and training for agricultural producers.
Community-Led Water & Sanitation:
With over two decades of experience implementing water and sanitation programs throughout the country, PCI has become an expert in the development of sustainable, community-managed water and sanitation systems. To date, PCI has constructed 117 water systems and over 2,450 latrines in local schools and communities, and has organized and trained 117 water and sanitation committees to locally manage water and sanitation systems.
Family-Centered Maternal & Child Health:
By training a network of hundreds of community health volunteers, providing education on good health practices, and facilitating linkages to hospitals and clinics, PCI made strides toward better family health for over 7,200 children under two years of age and 5,700 caregivers in 353 rural communities in rural Jinotega where poverty, acute malnutrition and stunting are among the highest levels in the country.